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Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Alaska

99901, 99950

Salmon Capital of the World

Page Contents for Ketchikan, Alaska

Statistics & Facts


Weather & Climate

History & History-related items

City Attractions


Chamber of Commerce.

Community news

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.




Statistics & Facts

The Alaska state capital is Juneau.
The population of Ketchikan is approximately 7,845 (2002), 8050 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 3,360 (1990), 3259 (2010).
The amount of land area in Ketchikan is 7.899 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Ketchikan is 3.4 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 2.07 sq kilometers.
The distance from Ketchikan to Washington DC is 2869 miles.
The distance to the Alaska state capital is 231 miles. (as the crow flies)
Ketchikan is positioned 55.35 degrees north of the equator and 131.65 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Ketchikan average annual precipitation is 162 inches peryear.
Ketchikan average annual snowfall is 62 inches per year.
The average winter temperature is 29 to 39 degrees F.
The average summer temperature is 51 to 65 degrees F.


on the southwestern coast of Revillagigedo Island, opposite Gravina Island, near the southern boundary of Alaska. It is 679 miles north of Seattle and 235 miles south of Juneau
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temperate. Though winters are cold, they are not severe. Our summer temperatures can reach up into the 90s.
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History & History Related Items

Tongass and Cape Fox Tlingits have used Ketchikan Creek as a fish camp which they called "kitschk-hin," meaning creek of the "thundering wings of an eagle." The abundant fish and timber resources attracted non-Natives to Ketchikan. In 1885, Mike Martin bought 160 acres from Chief Kyan, which later became the township. The first cannery opened in 1886 near the mouth of Ketchikan Creek and four more were built by 1912. The Ketchikan Post Office was established in 1892, and the City was incorporated in 1900. By this time, nearby gold and copper discoveries briefly brought activity to Ketchikan as a mining supply center. During 1936, seven canneries were in operation, producing 1.5 million cases of salmon. The need for lumber for new construction and packing boxes spawned the Ketchikan Spruce Mills in 1903, which operated for over 70 years. Spruce was in high demand during World War II, and Ketchikan became a supply center for area logging. A $ 55 million pulp mill was constructed at Ward Cove near Ketchikan in 1954. Its operation fueled the growth of the community. The mill's 50-year contract with the U.S. Forest service for timber was canceled, and the pulp mill closed in March 1997. (This history is from the Alaska Community Database)
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Tongass Historical Museum
629 Dock St
Ketchikan, AK 99901-6529
Phone: 907-225-5600

The Tongass National Forest

Totem Heritage Ctr
601 Deermont St
Ketchikan, AK 99901-6611
Phone: 907-225-5900

Saxman Native Village
3 miles south of Ketchikan on the Tongass Highway.
Information at: 907-225-5163, ext. 310
Over two dozen totems are located in the village and each tells a story. They comprise one of the world's largest collections of the cedar monuments. Also in the village is a large cedar Beaver Clan House, the largest in Alaska.
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Ketchikan City Government

City of Ketchikan
334 Front STreet
Ketchikan, AK 99901
Phone: 907-225-3111
Fax: 907-225-5075


Ketchikan Gateway Borough
2721 7th Ave
Ketchikan, AK 99901-5756
Phone: 907-228-6636

Ketchikan Chamber

Greater Ketchikan Chamber
744 Water St.
P.O. Box 5957
Ketchikan, AK 99901-6141
Phone: 907-225-3184
Fax: 907-225-3187

Ketchikan Community News

19 Aug 1998
A Wedding to Remember
in the Saxman Native Village, Ketchikan. We were met on the pier by Ernestine Henderson, Marrriage Commissioner. Being on a cruise, and from Toronto, ON, Canada, we knew nothing about being married in the USA - or about Ketchikan, except what we had read. THANK YOU to Heidi Lewis, at the Court House for suggesting Ernestine.
Thanks for a memorable wedding, Margo & Garry

Ketchikan Organizations

Greater Ketchikan Chamber
744 Water St.
P.O. Box 5957
Ketchikan, AK 99901-6141
Phone: 907-225-3184
Fax: 907-225-3187

Ketchikan Libraries

Hollis Public Library
PO Box 5
Ketchikan, AK 99950
Phone: 907-530-7112

Ketchikan City Library
629 Dock St
Ketchikan, AK 99901-6529
Phone: 907-225-3331

Ketchikan Campus Library
2600 7th Ave
Ketchikan, AK 99901-5728
Phone: 907-225-4722

Ketchikan Law Library
415 Main St Fl 4
Ketchikan, AK 99901-6356
Phone: 907-225-0500

Ketchikan Schools

Ketchikan Gateway School District
308 Grant St
Ketchikan, AK 99901-6448
Phone: (907)225-2118 (Central Office)

Ketchikan Correspondence School
2931 Baranof Ave
Ketchikan, AK 99901-5765
Phone: 907-225-6226

Southeast Island School District
1621 Tongass Ave # 301
Ketchikan, AK 99901-6074
Phone: 907-225-9658


University Of Alaska Southeast
2600 7th Ave
Ketchikan, AK 99901-5728
Phone: 907-225-6177 Ketchikan


The population of Ketchikan was:
1990 - 8,263
2002 - 7,845

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